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Computer Engineering researchers can establish new partnerships with technology companies
An accreditation received from Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communications allows for proposing new projects and raising funds with more than 500 companies
In December 2020, Insper’s Computer Engineering areas received accreditation from the Information Technology Area Committee (CATI, for its acronym in Portuguese) of Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communications (MCTIC). The achievement makes it possible for researchers to develop research projects with fellowship funding from companies that produce computer and automation equipment in Brazil.
Altogether, more than 500 companies in Brazil use that mechanism to develop research partnerships with educational institutions. Among them are Dell, HP, GE, Samsung, Lenovo, communications equipment company Intelbras, and others.
“For our way of operating, which has a problem-solving bias with effective short-term results, research and development work with private companies is very interesting, especially after the opening of our Innovation Hub,” comments Insper Professor Leonardo de Souza and Silva Tavares. “The new registering will make it possible to bring technology companies closer and envision partnerships through funds applied in R&D, which may be used for investment in Education and Research Centers.”
For Prof. Luciano Pereira Soares, leader of Insper’s research group in Engineering Education, the possibility of receiving financial support from companies through tax waivers simplifies bureaucratic partnership processes. “We had been talking about it for a long time, and after involving several teams at our school, we submitted the documents to get accreditation in October 2019. Now, we must propose new partnerships with companies and projects that are of common interest.